Homemade Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix -- Real Mom Nutrition

Looking for something to do with your little people while they’re home from school this week? From-scratch cocoa trumps Swiss Miss any day of the week. And making homemade marshmallows is easier than it sounds–and your kids will be amazed by how a few simple ingredients whip up into white, glossy, sticky deliciousness.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred, though I used regular)
  • 2½ cups powdered milk
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 t. cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional; I didn't add it)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
  2. Place 1-2 heaping teaspoons of mix (more or less to taste) into a mug and fill with hot milk.
  3. Top with homemade marshmallow.

Homemade Marshmallows

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Homemade Marshmallows
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup cold water. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt and beat for about 12 minutes. Add vanilla and beat for another minute.
  4. Pour into a 9x9-inch pan lined with plastic wrap that's been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Spread evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and let the marshmallows sit for 4-5 hours.
  5. Remove marshmallow slab from pan and dredge with confectioners' sugar. Cut marshmallows into pieces with scissors.
  6. Dredge each piece in confectioners' sugar.


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  1. ac says

    Cooking fail here. I tried to make the cocoa and it turned out not very well. It was kind of clumpy and not very tasty.

  2. Michelle says

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup cold water. In this step are you adding the gelatin to this 1/2 cup of cold water? Or are you putting a bowl on top of a cold cup of water? I am sorry I have never done this before but it sounds interesting and simple!!

    • says

      Hi Michelle–you put 1/2 cup cold water in a bowl then sprinkle the gelatin into the water. Good luck–it’s pretty easy and really fun for kids.


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